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Montenegro ENC capacity expanded

PRIMAR, the Norwegian Hydrographic Service and SevenCs are to work together with the Institute of Hydrometeorology and Seismology Montenegro (IHMS) on electronic chart capacity building for Montenegro, following a RENC agreement in late 2013.

In November of last year IHMS signed a RENC (Regional Electronic Navigational Chart Coordinating Centre) agreement with PRIMAR, which notes that, despite having a motivated team, paper charts and some recent surveys, IHMS was lacking a production environment and detailed knowledge in ENC production.

Following the deal, PRIMAR provided its latest member with a full ENC production environment as well as offering training, funded by the Norwegian Hydrographic Service.

Utilising a capacity building program from SevenCs, the setup of IHMS production environment and staff training was completed in less than three months, the companies report.

IHMS has now begun work to fulfil its obligation to produce ENCs for its territorial waters and close coverage gaps, something particularly important as the mandatory ECDIS implementation schedule proceeds.

"I am very happy about our new RENC member Montenegro," said Hans Christoffer Lauritzen, director of PRIMAR.

"Together with SevenCs we have created a best practice example and I hope that we can repeat this with other nations becoming a member of PRIMAR."

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